Less than a year after Google’s AdMob acquisition closed, most of AdMob’s top execs and early employees have already left, and here’s one more: Russell Buckley, AdMob’s first employee, has left the company.
Buckley, based in Munich, started AdMob’s European presence 5 years ago, led the European business for years, and most recently worked as “AdMob evangelist,” according to his LinkedIn.
On his personal blog, he says that he has not “confirmed any long term plans yet,” but will do some angel investing, speaking, and advisory/mentoring stuff in the meantime:
“So, trying to draw this together in one cogent theme, I’m planning to spend the next 10 years helping the UK to become a world class part of the tech scene and one which regularly produces mega-successes like the next Twitter, the next Facebook or the next Amazon. There’s plenty of reasons why The Valley has the advantage over us – early stage funding and a huge natural early adopter market, are my personal bugbears. But if we think big and harness the creativity and talent available, I believe it’s a realisable dream.
On the other hand, as Mike Tyson said ‘Everybody’s got plans…..until they get hit’. But that’s my thinking for now.”
Other AdMob execs who have left include founder/CEO Omar Hamoui, who’s doing a startup with ex-AdMobber Mike Rowehl; engineering lead Kevin Scott, who is now at LinkedIn; and sales boss Tony Nethercutt, who is now at mobile ad startup Mojiva.